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Old 08-17-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Buying gear second hand?

Does anyone have an suggestions for where I might look to acquire gear second hand? I'm on a fairly limited budget and want to buy local to avoid spending my hard earned cash on shipping. I want to keg instead of bottle. I've seen some things on craigslist that seemed promising but I wonder if there are more classifieds or other sources that anyone has used before. Craigslist is always kind of scary to do business on anyway.

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I generally use the classifieds on this site and Craigslist.

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On a super tight budget you may want to consider bottling to start out with. Kegging can be turn out to be a large initial investment.

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+1 to both comments above. Bottling is no where near the PITA most make it out to be.

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+1 to both comments above. Bottling is no where near the PITA most make it out to be.
Bottling is hassle free. A time for reflection.
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Look for free shipping on Amazon.com

What kind of gear are you looking for anyway?

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+1 to both comments above. Bottling is no where near the PITA most make it out to be.
Truth. Kegging can be very expensive. Especially when things break, leak or need replacing. Not to mention some beers taste way better bottle conditioned. Or aging experiments.
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I just like the idea of having one container to clean. Also, I love mechanical things (likes kegs). It's like a work of industrial art. I'm a chemistry student and one reason I love chemistry is scientific glass. While not a viable career choice these days it is beautiful.

I've yet to do my first batch but I'm just exploring all my options until I get some extra money to buy supplies (soon). I keep changing my mind about what size batches to make. I started out thinking 1 gallon batches then 5gallon, and now I'm thinking 1 gallon again. I don't drink that much beer a week and get bored with one flavor for a long time but 10 beers just does not seem like it's worth it. I could do 2 one gallon jugs or 3 but then the standard extract kits available are not sized for those batches and dividing LME seems tedious. Northern Brewer has 1 gallon kits but they're expensive for what they are.

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Brew 5 gallons, bottle or keg and don't worry about having too much. Just my opinion.
I got my glass carboys off CL for a fraction of what they cost new. I couldn't find any chest freezers though, I would only save about $40-$50 over buying a new one from costco. If you go with kegging you need to be willing to make the investment.

Keg Connection has a good deal on used kegs with shipping, and they have good customer service if you have any issues.

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Don't be afraid to get the equipment to do 5 gallon batches. I do a lot of 1/2 size batches in mine and have built up quite a variety of beer. When I feel like it, I can do a 5 gallon batch which you can't do if you have equipment for only 1 gallon batches. I've beer sharing samples with friends and it isn't hard to get rid of extra beer. Bottles let you have a big variety of beer available too and are very cheap to obtain since you can plan to reuse them for many years. At any time I can choose from 18 varieties of beer and very few can afford to do that with their keg setup.

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